“This young man had a remarkable spirit and was very loved. I know that our entire campus community expresses his deepest condolences to his family and friends as they mourn this unthinkable loss. It is a moving reminder that none of us is immune to the worst consequences of this virus. “
The news comes as universities across the country are considering plans to reopen safely in the fall, while coronavirus cases in the U.S. are currently increasing. Penn State has announced that students can return.
Garcia, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, was a member of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the first student to study coronaviruses Death said the university in a statement.
He lived off campus but was close to the university and went home when he felt uncomfortable, the university said. He was tested for the virus on June 20 and died 10 days later.
Penn State is now in touch to track down anyone who may have been near Garcia during his illness.
“While we mourn Juan and offer support to his family and friends, I hope that we will also honor his memory by making every effort to slow the spread of the virus and keep us and others safe and healthy,” said Dr. Robin Oliver-Veronesi, Senior Director of the University Health Service.
“Although each of our risk levels is different, this virus has shown that it can have devastating effects even for younger people.”
Both students and employees will return to campus in phases, the university said, and there will be health measures, “including wearing masks and social distance.”
There will also be a test and contact tracking program, and Penn State said it will hire additional staff to support all locations.
“The university is also building capacity to isolate and quarantine affected people, including helping isolated people to provide proper medical care,” it said.